DOD site open for A-76
- By George I. Seffers
- Dec 03, 2000
Share A-76! home page
The Defense Department unveiled a Web site Dec. 1 designed to help with
the often contentious A-76 competition process.
The new Web site (emissary.acq.osd.mil/inst/share.nsf), called Share
A-76!, is billed as a cost-comparison knowledge base. It contains such resources
as best practices, policy materials and links to other sites with information
on the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-76, which establishes
federal policy regarding commercial activities.
A-76 calls for federal agencies to compare the cost of outsourcing a
project or function with the cost of fulfilling those needs in-house. The
private sector and DOD traditionally have split contract wins about 50-50,
but DOD and government overall is more frequently turning to outsourcing,
especially for information technology needs. Therefore, A-76 competitions
are increasingly necessary.
The new site is important for field technicians who develop A-76 documentation,
and it acts as a useful resource for contracting and personnel officers,
said Annie Andrews, the Pentagon's assistant director for competitive sourcing
"It can also help policy people who want to look at the most recent
Office of Management and Budget policy update as well as recent bid protest
decisions made by the General Accounting Office," Andrews said.
The site features sophisticated search tools that enable users to browse
and access materials on A-76 topics. "If you want to search on performance
work statements, it will search all the links and all the documents," Andrews
In addition, the site features a section with the latest A-76 news and
information, and sections for documents on A-76 policy and procedures.